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Music Academy (BTEC Level 3) at New College Swindon

Course description

The course allows you to focus on music performance and the music industry and is aimed at singers, guitarists, drummers, keyboard players, bass players or Singer Songwriters.

Here is just some of the work that you will experience:

  • You will study your instrument in a series of instrument specific classes i.e. guitarists will study with guitarists, singers with singers etc
  • You will write, arrange and record your own music using iMac/Garage Band software in our own recording studio (music technology, song writing and arranging)
  • You will perform live in a band every week (live performance workshops)
  • You will discover how the music industry works and what job opportunities there are for you (the sound & music industry)
  • We will discuss how modern musical genres have developed since the 1950s and listen to classic songs from each genre (music & society)
  • You will form bands to learn two new songs every week and to perfect your rehearsal techniques (working as a musical ensemble & improvisation workshops)
  • You will also perform as a soloist and as a band (music performance techniques)
  • You will become familiar with music theory (ear training, rhythm studies and general musicianship)
  • You will participate in a Music in the Community Event
  • You will plan and project manage your own end of year gig at a public venue (major music project)

The course will suit those of you that have 2 or more years experience on your chosen instrument, possibly with some live experience and/or who have an interest in performing a range of musical styles with the aim of improving both your practical ability and your general knowledge of music and the music industry.

Course content

During the first year you will focus on instrument specific classes (including solo

Performance and instrument techniques), songwriting, working in music (to learn about the music industry) chart prep (learning 2 new songs each week) music technology (creating and editing a piece of music using Apple iMac/Garage Band)  rhythm studies, ear training, general musicianship, live performance (performing with a band in a live situation) and your end of year gig project.

In year two you also work on instrument specific classes, jazz theory and harmony, improvisation, composition, arranging, improvisation, music in the community, jazz rock fusion and an end of course gig project.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs passes at grade A to C (inclusive of English Language and Maths) a good level of musicianship and good computer skills. We will consider all applicants on individual merit but we assess your musical experience by way of audition.

You will be asked to attend one of our formal course presentations which take place throughout the year on Monday evenings at 6pm. Please call in advance to reserve a place as numbers are limited for each event.

Future opportunities

With the equivalent of up to 3 ‘A’ Levels and between 120 and 480 UCAS points, a BTEC in Music leads to the further study of music performance and music technology at higher level, including Foundation and Bachelors Degrees. It may also help you on your way to a career as a musical performer, music teacher, songwriter, producer, music journalist, band manager, sound engineer and session musician.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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